104 of the Best Business Quotes in English

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Have you been struggling with a loss of enthusiasm lately? Has your life felt like stepping stones from failure to failure? The road to success is long, but many common people throughout history have become successful entrepreneurs. Inspiring quotes can sometimes be the motivation you need, like an emotional elevator to success. For English learners, it’s especially helpful to have business quotes in English.

The internet has endless lists of quotes from motivational speakers and famous quotes. In this blog, we will share a curated list of our favorite quotes from successful people. These span from lessons of failure to inspirational business quotes. Keep reading for the best famous quotes, and some sound advice from the richest people. 

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Best Business Quotes of All Time

  • “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln
  • “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” – Steve Jobs
  • “Business has only two functions — marketing and innovation.” – Milan Kundera
  • “The secret to business is to know something that nobody else knows.” – Aristotle Onassis

Inspirational Quotes About Life

  • “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs
  • “If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn
  • “The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that is changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” – Mark Zuckerberg
  • “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb

Inspirational Quotes About Success

  • “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”- Thomas Edison
  • “Storms make trees take deeper roots.” – Dolly Parton
  • “I wake up every morning and think to myself, ‘How far can I push this company in the next 24 hours.’” – Eliud Kipchoge
  • You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.” – Helen Keller

Quotes About Working Hard

  • “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell
  • “If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs.” – Tony Gaskins
  • “The best way to find out what we really need is to get rid of what we don’t” – Marie Kondo
  • “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” – Stephen Covey

Quotes About Not Giving Up

  • “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou
  • “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the best.” – John D. Rockefeller
  • “I have failed again and again throughout my life. That’s why I’ve been successful.” – Michael Jordan
  • “The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.” – Dalai Lama

Quotes About Challenges

  • “If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” – Thomas Jefferson
  • “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” – Jimmy Dean
  • “Ignore the critics… Only mediocrity is safe from ridicule. Dare to be different!” – Dita Von Teese
  • “Challenges make life interesting, however, overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Mark Twain

Quotes About Overcoming Failure

  • “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill
  • “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” – Theodore Roosevelt
  • “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the best.” – John D. Rockefeller
  • I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” – Michael Jordan

Funny Quotes to Cheer You Up

  • “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss
  • “Keep your face always toward the sunshine—and shadows will fall behind you.” – Walt Whitman
  • “If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” – Albert Einstein
  • “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” – Charles R. Swindoll

Inspirational Movie Quotes

  • “The best way to find out who you are is to go and do something.” – The Incredibles
  • “The moment you give up is the moment you let someone else win.” – Kobe Bryant
  • “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” – Beverly Sills
  • “You can’t put a limit on how much you can improve and how much you can do.” – Michael Phelps

Quotes About Work

  • “You can have it all. Just not all at once.” – Oprah Winfrey
  • “There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time!” – Coco Chanel
  • “Don’t mistake activity with achievement.” – John Wooden
  • “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” – Stephen Covey
  • “Keep your face always toward the sunshine—and shadows will fall behind you.” – Walt Whitman
  • “If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” – Albert Einstein
  • “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” – John C. Maxwell
  • “Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Inspirational quotes about responsible business

  • “The business of business is relationships.” – Simon Sinek
  • “A company is only as good as the people it keeps.” – Marilyn Monroe
  • “The way we do business is just as important as what we do.” – Anita Roddick
  • “Doing well by doing good is not a slogan. It is a practical reality.” – Michael Porter

Quotes about business growth and change

  • “Now is the time to become a myth.” – Diane Von Furstenberg
  • “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney
  • “There are no limits to what you can accomplish, except the limits you place on your own thinking.” – Brian Tracy
  • “Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.” – Henry David Thoreau

Quotes about business transformation

  • “When I thought I couldn`t go on, I forced myself to keep going. My success is based on persistence, not luck.” – Estee Lauder 
  • “If your business is not on the internet, then your business will be out of business.” – Bill Gates
  • “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Quotes about the artificial intelligence impact on business growth

  • “We need to think about the future not as a single point in time, but as a journey.” – Yuval Noah Harari
  • “The real risk with AI isn’t malice but competence.” – Eliezer Yudkowsky
  • “AI is probably the best or worst thing ever, we just don’t know yet.” – Stephen Hawking
  • “AI could be the best or worst thing ever, we just don’t know yet.” – Elon Musk

Small business quotes about motivation

  • “Sometimes you want to skate along or just get by or fly under the radar, but sometimes you have to stand up and let your voice be heard and give it your best and give it your all.”  – Angela Bassett 
  • “There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” – Nelson Mandela
  • “The key to success for any small business is perseverance.” – Andrew Carnegie
  • “As a small business owner, it’s important to stay motivated. It can be easy to get bogged down in the day-to-day grind, but it’s important to remember why you started your business in the first place. Keeping your eye on the prize can help you push through when things get tough.” – Jane Smith

Small business quotes about family and friends

  • “My family is my biggest supporter. They’ve seen me through thick and thin, and they’re always there for me.” – Stephanie Holmes, Owner of Stephanie’s Dance Studio
  • “My friends are like my second family. I couldn’t do it without them.” – Jake Miller, Owner of Miller’s Plumbing
  • “I’m so lucky to have such a supportive wife. She’s my rock.” – Mark Stevens, Owner of Mark’s Auto Repair
  • “My parents taught me the value of hard work and dedication. Without their example, I wouldn’t be where I am today.” – Sarah Johnson, Owner of Sarah’s Cupcakes
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Motivational quotes to start your day

  • “The early bird gets the worm.” – Benjamin Franklin
  • “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs
  • “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” –Theodore Roosevelt

Motivational quotes for work

  • “Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. You got a dream, you gotta protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they wanna tell you that you can’t do it. You want something, go get it. Period.” – Will Smith
  • “If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it.” – Benjamin Franklin
  • “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford
  • “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” – Colossians 3:23

Deep motivational quotes

  • “Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” – Lao Tzu
  • “You never lose a dream, it just incubates as a hobby.” – Larry Page 
  • “People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Rob Siltanen
  • “When you stand up to be counted, tell the world this is my voice” – Shane Koyczan

The best motivational quotes to inspire action

  • “Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.” – Babe Ruth
  • “Action is the foundational key to all success.” – Pablo Picasso
  • “You are never too old to set new goals or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis
  • “In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” – Charles Darwin 

Motivational quotes for life

  • “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot
  • “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.” – Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway
  • “To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – James Baldwin

Team motivational quotes

  • “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  • “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” – Harry S. Truman
  • “A life without a cause is a life without effect.” – Paulo Coelho
  • “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African proverb

Motivational Monday quotes

  • “ Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world would do this, it would change the earth.” – William Faulkner
  • “Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it with use.” – Ruth Gordon
  • “In the World through which I travel, I am endlessly creating myself.” – Frida Kahlo
  • “What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.” – Oscar Wilde

Friday motivational quotes

  • “I think I can. I know I can.” – Muhammad Ali
  • “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – William James
  • “Never do things others can do and will do, if there are things others cannot do or will not do.” – Amelia Earhart 
  • “Work like there is someone working 24 hours a day to take it all away from you.” – Mark Cuban

Success quotes

  • “I can’t give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time.”- Herbert Bayard Swope
  • “Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.”- Dalai Lama
  • “I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.” – Florence Nightingale
  • “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” – Alan Kay

We hope you enjoyed these famous bits of wit from the likes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. Motivational quotes are food for the soul, and knowing that these people have achieved what they have should be a testament to what you can achieve. You could start your own private company, or become the next great American entrepreneur. As they say in Star Trek: “Live long and prosper!”.

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Bethany MacDonald

Bethany MacDonald

Bethany MacDonald has contributed articles LillyPad.ai since 2020. As their Blog Lead, she specialises in informative pieces on culture, education, and language learning

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